An­gelo De Au­gus­tine ★★★

Tomb ASTH­MATIC KITTY. CD/DL/LP

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Martin As­ton

Suf­jan Stevens-favoured LA song­writer’s third al­bum, a break-up spe­cial.

There are few more naked ad­mis­sions of a bro­ken heart than the song ti­tle You Needed Love I Needed You (track three here). Tomb was writ­ten right after its au­thor re­ceived a let­ter bear­ing the bad news, yet De Au­gus­tine hasn’t au­di­bly cracked up: his high, breathy voice, closemiked for max­i­mum in­ten­sity over acous­tic gui­tar and pale mur­murs from feath­ered drums and key­boards/FX, is wist­ful but com­posed. His is an even more serene take on his prin­ci­pal in­flu­ences, El­liott Smith and Suf­jan Stevens (whose la­bel he’s signed to). More blood on the tracks might have upped the ante, but as it stands Tomb is still a gor­geous wal­low, with pro­ducer Dove­man’s min­i­mal­ist touches left to in­di­cate cracks in the façade: the whistling wind in­tro­duc­ing Tide, the Walk On The Wide Side bass en­rich­ing Time, the lonely pul­sa­tions be­hind Some­where Far Away From Home.

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